Mini has refurbished it 3-door and 5-door Hatchback and Convertible models for 2018. Check out the cool new tail lights!
The update to the Mini is focused on a new rear light design, a tech upgrade to the interior and further options to individualise the buyer’s choice.
The rear lights are the most obvious design introduction with a Union Jack styled rear light design. The front lights now have the added benefit of Matrix technology for the high beam assist. It’s an optional extra but even the standard halogen headlights are upgraded to improve visibility in tricky conditions.
The Mini badge has had a logo rethink and is now flatter and more two-dimensional than before, this is how it will be produced for forthcoming models as well.
The customisation levels of the Minis is taken a step further with new leather trim options, different surfaces, interior colours, wheel options and puddle lamp projectors.
As for the engine lineup, all engines are a touch lighter thanks to lighter engine covers. The effect on fuel economy appears to be negligible, but Mini claims a five percent improvement in fuel economy and CO2 expulsion.
The Mini One no longer uses a 1.2-litre unit and will now use the 1.5-litre 3-cylinder that the normal Cooper uses. All models now have the option of a fast-shifting 7-speed dual clutch transmission. The Cooper SD, which we don’t currently get in SA now has the 8-speed Steptronic unit as standard.
The tech upgrade to the Hatch, Convertible and 5-door includes optional wireless charging, which is handy. The infotainment system also now includes Real-Time Traffic with updates via a mobile phone connection, internet access with news, weather and fuel price overview. There is also an optional preparation for Apple CarPlay.
Mini South Africa has confirmed these models will be introduced locally during Q2 of 2018.